The Berkeley Community Fund is seeking nominations for the next Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal and Berkeley Community Awards.
The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal, named in honor of the university president and community leader, is awarded to those who demonstrate “outstanding nonpartisan service in any field of activity which has benefited the quality of life for a significant number of people in Berkeley.” The medal has been given out every other year since 1929 and annually since 1994.
Recent recipients of the medal include United States District Judge Thelton E. Henderson in 2000 and UC Berkeley Professor Marian Cleeves Diamond in 1999.
The BCF also invites nominations of individuals or groups that have made a substantial contribution to life in Berkeley for four Berkeley Community Awards. Two awards are for organizations and two are for individuals. The BCF specifically asks that nominees’ work reflect the four points of the Fund’s mission: narrow the inequities within the community; create hope and opportunity for disadvantaged youth; enhance cultural and intellectual diversity, while building consensus to address common problems; stimulate public and private investments to raise the quality of community life.
The recipients of the Berkeley Community Awards for individual achievements in 2000 were Harry Dov Weininger and Carolyn North. The two organizations, which received a cash grant of $5,000 as part of the award, to win the award in 2000 were the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program and the New Bridge Foundation.
Nominations should be sent as soon as possible to: Berkeley Community Fund, 2320 Shattuck Ave., Suite A, Berkeley, CA. 94704. The awards will be conferred at a community dinner in October.